“Haruki Murakami, a writer both mystical and hip, is the West’s favorite Japanese novelist.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
After the quake is a collection of six stories by Haruki Murakami, based on the theme of the 1995 Kobe earthquake in Japan. The stories centre around emotions such as love, despair, hope, friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness. However, if you’ve read Murakami, you’d know that the stories would definitely have parallel themes and often quite unusual endings. Each story intrigued me, I loved the way they progressed, and their endings left me asking for more.
The stories were widely divergent in the issues they dealt with. But, the earthquake and the different emotions it generated were nicely blended with each of the stories. The Kobe earthquake was the worst earthquake in the 20th century Japan, post the Great Kanto earthquake. It killed over 6,000 people, and 300,000 people were made homeless. The stories depicted in some way or the other, how a disaster of this magnitude affects different humans in different ways. Even people, who weren’t directly impacted, started seeing life from a new perspective after such a calamity.